Khada Dupatta

May16th

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I hold in high esteem the outfit of khada dupatta, not just as the ideal bridal dress of Hyderabadi folk but also a memory of the legacy, history and heritage of our city. Like many things, the outfit also became a fashion victim.

Here’s my take on what could go wrong with this beautiful outfit –

Its a trend at Lad Bazar and Patthergatti to sell khada dupattas with heavy embroidery, perhaps because it looks grand or maybe because some people have a taste for it. These outfits are priced at less than Rs.15,000 and usually available readily at shops.

No offence to people who like such outfits, but the beauty of the outfit gets completely dissolved in the heavy and loud embroidery on them. Making them loud and distasteful eventually washing out the bride completely on the day she dreams to look her best ever.

 

I often wonder, if these outfits would ever be the torch bearers of the beauty of the legacy of the khada dupatta to the forthcoming generations. Something that they could proudly sport even after 20-25 years as vintage designs from their mother’s wardrobe.

Another thing that could wrong with the khada dupatta is the drape. The beauty of the draping style lies in putting both the ends of the pallu put on the left shoulder and not one on each shoulder, even though it is easier to have it each on each shoulder, but it looks discerning!

Some people try and experiment with the border, not often does it turn out to be beautiful, resulting in a colossal waste of money and effort. Pity the poor bride who has to wear it!

I wish I could tell people that within a limited budget you can make a grand and lovely khada dupatta for your daughter-in-law  (because mostly moms in law choose outfits for the bride), within Rs.15,000. Something that she can cherish for a lifetime and pass it down to her next generation.

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